Today’s Comics Guide: Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Welcome to Today’s Comics Guide! This is the fourth installment in Comics Buyer’s Guide’s ongoing home for daily comics notes, news, and views. Please join us, and feel free to comment in the “Reply” box to provide your own notes, news, and views!


Have you heard about the multiple editions of the color version of Bone? Jeff Smith is collecting all the chapters into one book once again, this time in color, and will begin by offering 2,000 copies of a boxed set at Comic-Con International: San Diego in July. That edition, which includes several extras, including pewter figures, a commemorative coin, an essay looking back at the series’ 20 years, and a copy of The Cartoonist DVD, retails for $350. A “regular” slip-cased edition, scheduled to ship in November, retails for $150. Then there’s the extremely limited edition, which has original art by Smith, colored by Steve Hamaker, is limited to only 50 copies, and will retail for $1,000, also scheduled for release at Comic-Con. Smith has also announced that for every copy of each edition sold, he will plant a tree through (Brent Frankenhoff)

National Public Radio‘s comics commentator Glen Weldon recently provided his own perspective on Charles SchulzPeanuts — both in strip and animated form. “Back when I was but a barefoot boy with cheek of deathlike pallor, Peanuts was my drug of choice.” The occasion is the March 29 DVD release of Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown! — and the Kaboom! graphic novel thereof. Weldon even provides a quiz: a list of 40 animated Peanuts projects (incomplete, at that) — in which there are four fakes. Can you identify them? Much fun (and nostalgia)!  (Maggie Thompson)

As longtime visitors must be aware, there’s been a lot of “under construction” hammering required following its move to a new server. The challenge that has made me crazy for some time is the disappearance of one of the services that I treasured most: the posting of lots of comic-book images. Some picture links were broken. Could they ever be mended? And the answer, we have finally determined, is yes. That doesn’t mean the surgery is effortless — but we can begin to work our way through it. A case in point — fixed before Ash Wednesday, well in time for Easter — is the seven-page Walt Kelly story “The Three Blind Mice and Their Easter Gift.” Whew!  (Maggie Thompson)

MoCCA, The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation have announced that, as part of Will Eisner Week 2011, they are presenting a screening Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. ET, of the documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, followed by a panel with the film’s director and writer, respectively, Andrew D. Cooke and Jon B. Cooke. The panel is moderated by MoccA Senior Vice President of Education and co-curator of “Will Eisner’s New York: From the Spirit to the Modern Graphic Novel” Danny Fingeroth. The Fingeroth co-curated exhibit is currently on view at the museum through June 30. Admission to this event is free for MoCCA members and $5 for the general public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, call MoCCA at (212) 254-3511. (Brent Frankenhoff)

Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer:

Bruce Banner’s first line in comics was “A few seconds more and we’ll know whether we have succeeded or not!” in The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962).

Bruce Banner Incredible Hulk #1

Today’s Panel Quiz:

Whose first line in comics was “Hunh”?

Born Today:

Phil Davis (1906), comic strip artist

Randy Stradley (1956), comics artist, cofounder Dark Horse Comics

Bill Fitts (1963), comic book artist

Glenn Hauman (1969), comic book colorist

Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now:

Bill Cole, comics supplies manufacturer

Frank McLaughlin (1935), comic book artist

Kent Marshall Burles (1955), comic book artist

Bill Reinhold (1955), comic book artist

Shea Anton Pensa (1968), comic book artist

Today’s Flashbacks

65 years ago: Rip Kirby by Alex Raymond with initial scripting by Ward Greene begins its run as a daily comic strip (1946).

10 years ago: Cartoonist Fred Lasswell dies. Hired by Barney Google and Snuffy Smith creator Billy DeBeck to assist on the strip, Lasswell took it over after DeBeck died in 1942 (2001).

Books Deal of the Week

CBG‘s official online bookstore,‘s “Deal of the Week” this week is Toys & Prices 2011, a comprehensive identification and price guide on post-World War II toys, that covers the changing toy market. The book has information on more than 35,000 toys with more than 100,000 prices and covers action figures, Fisher-Price toys, robots, board games, TV and movie-themed toys, and more.



Question of the Week:

If you had only $25 to spend on comics this week (whether that’s more or less than you usually spend), what would you buy?


Every Wednesday and Saturday. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.

March 4-6 Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh. Steel City Con.

March 4-6 Washington: Seattle. Emerald City ComicCon.

March 5 Wisconsin: Madison. ComicCon

March 6 Minnesota: Mounds View. Twin Cities ComiCon.

March 6 New Jersey: Wayne. Comic, Toy & Collectible Show.

March 6 Ohio: Columbus. Buckeye Comic Con.

March 6 Ontario: Ottawa. Comics & Sports Card Show


Do you have a show coming up? Let us know! You can e-mail the information to or mail it to Show Calendars, Comics Buyer’s Guide, 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54945. If you have a creator appearance scheduled, let us know by e-mail to

Comics-Related Media:

Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast airs today from National Public Radio’s “Monkey See” blog.

Smallville has a new episode on The CW at 8 E.T.; Season 10, Episode 16 is “Scion.”

Fish Hooks has a new episode (Season 1, Episode 22) on The Disney Channel at 8:30 E.T. in which George Takei guest-voices a bird.

Rango, Industrial Light & Magic’s first full animated feature (107 min.), opens in movie theaters. It features a 21st century chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) thrown back in time to the Old West.

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2 Responses to Today’s Comics Guide: Friday, March 4, 2011

  1. Brent Frankenhoff says:

    I just learned from Mark Evanier’s site that June Foray voices Mrs. Cauldron, a character who may or may not be a witch in today’s first-run episode of The Garfield Show on Cartoon Network. According to the Cartoon Network’s schedule, the show, which contains the cartoons “The Haunted House” and “Which Witch,” is scheduled to air at 4 p.m. ET.

  2. Gary Dunaier (New York's Best Ballpark Photographer) says:

    I’ve been enjoying the panel quizzes. So far, the only one I’ve correctly guessed was the first one (Superman). And I love how you’re not just telling us what the answer is, but you’re showing it too. Hope you’ll be able to incorporate the feature in the magazine – it’s too much fun to limit to those with online access.

    One time I won a free ice cream cone for knowing what Popeye’s very first line was (no, I’m not going to spoil it here, except to say that in the context in which it was said it would more than qualify as an Al Jaffee “Snappy Answer To Stupid Questions”) (and I say that just to give some indication that I really do know it).

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